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Updated September 17, 2017
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  1. "HRC Intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Human Rights Campaign as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Firm wide meetings were interesting. They hosted a series of intern brown bags so that we could learn a lot about different departments within the HRC.

    Cons

    A lot of mundane research tasks. Not a lot of intellectual creativity or challenge involved.

    Advice to Management

    Have fewer interns and give them each more responsibility.


  2. "overall good experience"

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    Former Intern - Government Affairs Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Government Affairs Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Human Rights Campaign as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    great intern culture, tons of events and opportunities, very reasonable supervisors, unpaid but reimbursed for travel when necessary,

    Cons

    not too much direct contact with supervisors, tasks can seem mundane and repetitive

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Stay far away from this nightmare of an organization."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Human Rights Campaign full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The brand recognition - that's about it. Employers may be impressed because it's an instantly recognizable and large organization, but other than that, there are little pros if you value your worth and sanity.

    Cons

    Where to even begin? I worked as both an intern and full-time employee. As an intern, I was treated wonderfully. I remember junior level staff telling me about how miserable they were at the time, but didn't believe them or reasoned that it must have just been specific to their department. Nope. There is literally an office culture that encourages misery, overworking, low pay - you name it. It's disappointing as there is so much potential, but the programmatic work appears to be valued far above their employees.

    I quickly realized my work and time weren't valued. I was told by my boss that because he only spent a short amount of time with his family each day, I should never expect anything different for myself. In other words, work-life balance is nonexistent. Fair enough for DC, I suppose, but being told in such a way seemed unnecessarily rude.

    His personal motto was "save your own self." (He used a different word than "self," but you get the point). And boy, did HRC live up to this motto. There was so much interdepartmental fighting that it became incredibly difficult to get work done (coupled with screaming matches between senior staff in the hallways). Every department was there to "save their own self" and often times flat out refused to work with one another. This made everyone's jobs far more difficult and time consuming than they needed to be. If one department had an issue with the upper level management in another, they'd take it out on junior staff. For instance, I was once told by a senior member of the legal department that "their eight year old child could do a better job" at my position than I could. When my boss asked for an apology, the employee refused.

    The high turn over rate across the board leaves massive gaps in training. For instance, I was never onboarded, given no materials from my predecessor, and didn't even have an official boss for the first month of my employment. I was left scrambling to fill in the gaps of my role while the entire department was in flux.

    Who knows whether HR ever learns about what goes on. I was strongly discouraged from conducting an exit interview, something I still regret.

    To top it all off - HRC, having "learned" from their missteps with certain members of the LGBT community in the past, is very conscious of putting forward a good image. This is sometimes to the detriment of their own staff. It's no fault of the employees themselves, but management chooses to sideline some staff members in order to put their "best face" out into the media. This was a complaint I heard time and time again from employees who had worked diligently only to feel they were sidelined at the end of the day.

    Fortunately, I've had the pleasure to work at other places in DC since my time at HRC, and have since learned that not everyone treats their staff this way. It's so unfortunate that there is such a negative culture at this organization, as they really do good work.

    Some staff are truly great, but get lost in the shuffle of a group that cares far more about good PR than they do their own employees. It's a shame and so disappointing when you truly do have some staff that care deeply about the work and cause.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect. Value their time, work, and input. Some departments seem better at this than others, but an overall culture where work is appreciated across the board would be helpful. I saw far more time and energy put into the happiness of interns (though perhaps this was the difference in departments) than I did the actual employees.

    Likewise, include your staff in meetings when appropriate/ necessary -- shutting staff out (both junior and senior) of meetings they ought to participate in does nothing to build working relationships. It also makes it incredibly difficult to build strategies across departments or even among members of your own team.


  4. "Program Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Human Rights Campaign full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    HRC is a highly-effective non-profit organization that is results-oriented, uses the best from the for-profit and non-profit world strategies, highly-innovative/entrepreneurial and values-based.
    A great jumping off point for anyone who wants to establish themselves as a leader in public advocacy and development.

    Cons

    Due to organizational size and specialized experience required by most positions, upward mobility for high performers at higher levels is limited.
    The climate is extraordinarily fast-paced and unless you're someone who can thrive in that atmosphere, it can be a challenging place to work from a work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    The organization is incredibly focused on winning, which it should. At the same time however, it must also have a long-term strategy of investing in its people, which it is starting to make major investments.


  5. "Decent Internship"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Human Rights Campaign full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Got amazing campaign internship for the 2016 election, attend congressional hearings, and other cool events.

    Cons

    Unpaid work, lots of classic "intern" tasks, not a lot of enthusiasm.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your interns and have more meaningful duties for them.


  6. "Bad time overall, they hire anyone immediately"

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    Former Employee - Canvasser in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Canvasser in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Human Rights Campaign full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    For a good cause, some nice people to work with

    Cons

    Bad pay, bad hours, cult-like mentality, no knowledge that a canvasser is a human


  7. "High Turn Over Low Morale"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Human Rights Campaign as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They offer a lot of internship programs, lunch and learns and opportunities to meet staff

    Cons

    There is such high turn over, people treated interns pretty terribly (quite literally coffee grabbers), my boss had little projects for me to do and left right after I left

    Advice to Management

    Treat interns as a bit more of an investment, you hired us and a lot of interns come from far away to intern with this organization

  8. Helpful (1)

    "No room for advancement"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Human Rights Campaign full-time

    Pros

    The people you work with are truly amazing and beyond dedicated to HRC's mission. The connections you build while at HRC are truly worth it.

    Cons

    No room for advancement across much of the organization creates a poor culture among younger staff who have been there for 2+ years. A lack of turnover at higher levels impedes organizational development.

    Advice to Management

    Increase professional growth and training opportunities for staff at an assistant/ coordinator level. One must create incentive for young talent to stay or else they will leave, creating high turnover within the most moldable individuals.


  9. "Membership Outreach Temp"

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    Former Contractor - Membership Outreach Temp in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Membership Outreach Temp in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Human Rights Campaign as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Pay was good for a temp
    -Supervisors were genuinely interested in employee personal development
    -Coworkers were friendly
    -Work environment wasn't too serious

    Cons

    -Physical floor difference often caused a disconnect between the rest of team
    -Little diversity for a civil rights organization

    Advice to Management

    -More diversity


  10. "PC Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Applications Systems Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Applications Systems Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at Human Rights Campaign (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    They had a great benefit package

    Cons

    There was no cons i can think of


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